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Let's see those Zons!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DarkMazda, Dec 7, 2001.


  1. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Yes yes! Let's see those Zons! Dang Nabbit! :mad: I guess it's about time I show you guys the Zon I received from Brandin Stroy
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    There ya go... now show me you Zons dammit! :D

    DM
     
  2. leper

    leper

    Jun 21, 2001
    wow, that is one pimp ass lookin bass

    im lovin the only two knobs as opposed to the usual bajillion...if i was ever gonna get a bass built custom id have to find some way to have no knobs at all...i just love the clean face look.
     
  3. Here's my Lightwave:

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    Jeff
     
  4. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Jeff,

    That top on your Zon looks like butterscotch frosting. Very cool.

    BTW - Your DP looks like it's gonna be Dave's best piece of work. You two have obviously put a lot of thought into the development and construction.

    Peace,

    James
     
  5. DM, that top is very unique - what is it? I like it :)

    James, thanks!
     
  6. IMO that looks quite a bit like Embellisher's Zon(drool) which has a burled redwood top. I think that DMs also has the same top. Could be wrong though. I love those Zons. Maybe I could sell some siblings....;)
     
  7. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    It's a Bubinga top.. All Sonus 5 Specials come with Bubinga Tops..

    http://www.darkmazda.com/sleigh.mp3
    Here is a mp3 I recorded with direct input and flat EQing of "Sleigh Ride" by stu hamm :D If you want to check out how the Zon sounds like now.

    PS: this was recorded late night at 2AM and with me having some drinks ;)
     
  8. Hum... didn't know that - I thought you could get any top Joe offers on a Special.

    Embellisher's top is burled redwood - the second one Zon had done in that wood. It is beautiful.

    Come on, Jeff, post em!

    Jeff
     
  9. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Jeff(Embellissher) has a Sonus Custom :D
     
  10. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Which he bought from Jeff Rader. ;)

    If it lasts long enough, that Zon Sonus 6 at Bass NW just might find itself a home... :D
     
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Were you selling that bass at some point, Cruise? I remember being offered that bass, I believe for my Tune 6. I loved it, but it didn't have enough strings! Was that you, or was it a previous owner?

    Cool bass, anyhow! :)
     
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  13. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Hhhhmmm, maybe it was for something else, or maybe it was for a wanted ad or something...but I still have that pic on my computer! :)
     
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Here's mine, courtesy of Jeff Rader(and some $$$;)) and the pics are courtesy of Jeff as well.

    In case you are interested, Zon Sonus Custom fretless 5, Redwood burl top, swamp ash back, graphite neck, phenowood fingerboard, redwood lines, Bart soapbars, piezo bridge, preamp with bass, treble, blend between the soapbars, and blend between magnetic and piezo pickups. Can you tell that I love this bass?:p

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  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    So, is it a keeper now that you've put the original pickups and preamp back in it? How do you like the tone?

    Looks very nice!
     
  16. yeah DM, I was getting ready to ask the same question...

    I'm pretty much set on saving for a Zon Special 6 fretless. That Special 5 looks great (I really like the bubinga top)!

    Of course, all of the other Zons are as beautiful. I think I would be hard-pressed to find an ugly Zon!
     
  17. Hey Jeff, if you ever want better pics (minus my music room carpeting!), stop by after work some evening and I'll take some better shots - might even treat you to dinner and a beer! Got a new digital camera that does a great job!

    You know, i wonder why Specials are only available in bubinga? Is it a tone thing? I know Joe is fastidious about the effect of the top wood on the tone. Or, is it to more differentiate the design? Humm...

    Jeff
     
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Don't tempt me!:D I could use better pics of all of my basses, and I want to do a group shot as well.:)
     
  19. I would assume the bubinga top has something to do with the tone. It probably helps to add a little more of that low-midrange the Special is known for. Heck, the electronics are even designed with more low-mids in mind.

    Of course, I'm by no means a wood expert so I could very well be wrong.

    Anyone else have some light to shine on this one?
     
  20. I asked Peter Duncan about this. He is quite familure with Zon's line. According to Peter, "technically you could [use any top wood], but the bubinga really sounds great with the two
    multi coil pickups at the bridge. That being said, the bass's tone is kind of honky/bell like. VERY tight sounding.

    [They use bubinga for the] "Tone, and to make it easier for them. That model is its own beast."

    Jeff